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Things to do in Rome
- Rome is a big city that has something for everyone! Lots of tours and activities available for the first-time visitor to repeat visitors from museums to sightseeing!
- Outstanding food and drink options available throughout the city!
- Very inviting culture; people are friendly and welcoming!
- Strongly recommend dine-around evenings for group dining experiences.
- Wine tastings are a must!
- Rome is a great destination to pair with Venice or Florence for a split program!
The Real Deal
- Known as the Eternal City, Romans celebrate the founding of the city on April 21 each year through parades, fireworks and gladiator shows.
- Be mindful of pickpockets! Keep valuables close at hand.
- The Vatican became an independent state in 1929, and is the world’s second smallest Sovereign state.
- The Italians created opera.
- More than 40% of Italy's labor force is unionized.
- Italy is expensive, but well-worth a visit!
Things to do in Rome
Throughout time, Italy’s rich culture and history has been a teacher of nations. A country that elicits joy and intrigue, Italy invites the heart to surrender to its unbelievable treasures of art, culture and landscape. A country that quickens the spirit with the reverberations of its history, Italy seduces the senses with its fabulous food, wonderful wine and the intoxicating warmth of the Mediterranean sunshine and unique Italian design.
Italy ranks as one of the favorite group travel destinations for Americans and inevitably appears at nearly the top of the list of “places Americans want to see.” This is an ancient land filled with history and landmarks like no others on earth. From the stunning beauty of the Amalfi coast with its jagged cliff and to the ancient and modern city of Rome to the canals of Venice, Italy has something that appeals to every taste.
The Eternal City is waiting to reveal its ancient secrets and hidden mysteries to those who dare to explore its antiquities. Group travel programs will bring the past to life as they walk the pathways of the Caesars. Imagine the clatter of chariots rattling through the narrow streets and visualize the Roman Legions dressed in golden armor passing by. Explore Venice Square with a stop in front of the monument of Vittorio Emanuele. Gazing at the Roman Forum it is possible to sense the beating heart of ancient political, judicial and commercial power alive among the arches, solitary columns and carved rubble.
Include the Coliseum, where the activities that took place in this imposing structure will come to life. The quest into history continues through Caracalla bath and Circus Maximus, home of the ancient Roman chariot races which tested the strength and fearlessness of man, beast and vehicle in awesome spectacles designed to entertain the citizens of Rome.
Roma / Ciampino
- Clear sky
- Temperature: 28 °C
- Wind: Southwest, 3.7 km/h
- Pressure: 1015 hPa
- Rel. Humidity: 55 %
- Visibility: 10 km
- The Euro is the official currency of Italy.
- Central European Time, Europe, UTC + 1 hour
- The official language of Italy is Italian.
- 127/220V 50 Hz
Best Time To Travel
Best Travel Time
- April – June
- July – September
- October – December
- Value seasons: Spring and Fall
- October is considered by many to be the top month to visit Rome!
Convention & Visitors Bureau
Culture & Etiquette
- Cash is king! Always carrry some Euros with you wherever you go!
- Although it high recommended to be comfortable and wear casual clothes, be aware that the Vatican has a strict strict dress code: No shorts, tank tops and sexy dresses for women. Gentlemen should wear clothing that is clean and not tattered.
- Lunch generally will not start before 1:00 PM.
- Dnner not generally not available before 8:00 PM.
- Many restaurants will be closed between lunch and dinner.
- Bread is never served with pasta.
- Either mineral water or wine is served with lunch and dinner. Don't ask for soda or milk; it is frowned upon.
Italy recognized several religious holidays as part of its public holiday calendar. For the complete list, please click here.
Rome is a very walkable city. Several modes of transportation are easily acceptable.
- Taxis are while and have an ensigna on the door.
- Two underground metro systems are available.
- The Public Transit Bus Service is quite convenient and economical.
- Car rentals are easy in Rome. An international driver's licience is necessary.
- Be sure to look for "Euro Free Tax" signs to save anywhere between 12% and 35 % VAT (on luxury goods). The shop will deduct the VAT and handle the appropriate paperwork for you.
- Tipping is left up to the giver.
- As a rule of thumb, taxi drivers usually expect a 10% tip. Meanwhile, many restaurants (as indicated on the menu) often include service charges along with the price of the meal.
What To Pack
- Pack light! A good pair of walking shoes is crucial for those cobblestone streets!
- Bring an umbrella and rain slicker when traveling in spring or fall.